April 6th-8th, 2012
There are excellent reasons to visit New York City during Easter. Nearly everything stays open on Easter Sunday, as well as on Good Friday, so shopping will not be blunted. And Easter Monday isn’t a holiday in the United States; visitors will be unscathed. That said, on Easter Sunday, the scene on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival will make you either cheer or cringe. No floats or marching bands in this parade: the focus is on headwear, and oddity. The tradition began in the mid-1800s, when high-society dames would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has evolved into a showcase for chapeau artistry. Expect zany Easter bonnets, dressed up dogs, painted faces, bunny costumes, balloons and clowns.
Perhaps less organized than most New York events, the Easter Parade unfurls from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday April 8along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. If the parade leaves you wanting, New York City offers everything from Easter-themed walking tours and Easter Egg Hunts to a wide variety of religious services, and of course the usual full roster of more secular events.
For aficionados, the Easter Egg Circuit kicks off on Saturday, April 7. The Queens County Farm Museum holds its annual orchard Egg Hunt. “Whiskers” the bunny will hop around the farm and pose for pictures. Dance the “Bunny Hop” and play egg toss on the farmhouse lawn. $5.00 per person. An Easter Egg Hunt is also slated that day at the Staten Island Historical Society. Bring an egg carton to decorate in high Victorian style. Meet the Easter Bunny as you hunt for eggs. Refreshments provided. For children ages 3 and up. Reservations: 718-351-1611 ext. 281. And the Eggs-Travaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Brooklyn Children’s Museum is also concurrent. Enter the magical world of Peter Rabbit and friends in Mr. McGregor’s Garden during soothing book readings. Get a photo with Mr. Rabbit in the flesh.
Trinity Church celebrates Easter with Easter hymns and other music by the Trinity Choir, scavenger and egg hunts, a puppet parade, a visit from the Easter Bunny, plus other family fun. April 8th, 2012 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Broadway at Wall Street.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Le Parker Meridien Hotel is not only close to the parade, but welcomes families along with great rates for the spring season. This 4 star hotel offers both the upscale Norma’s (home to the ‘Best Breakfast in New York’, as rated by New York Magazine) and the popular yet dive-like Burger Joint. Take a dip in their rooftop indoor pool or enjoy incredible views over the city and Central Park in their Tower rooms.
Experience the bygone era of 30s and 40s grace and gentility at The Pierre New York. Guests will be charmed when they are greeted with elevator operators, and exceptionally courteous staff. No request seems to be impossible, and each guest is made to feel like a VIP. Overlooking Central Park, this hotel is located mere minutes from the festivities.
Few hotels are as synonymous with New York City as the famed Waldorf Astoria. World-renowned for over a century, the 4 star Waldorf Astoria’s grace and elegance is enhanced by its deep-rooted history. Whether one chooses the cozy Deluxe Room or the opulent Luxury Suite, the offerings are of similar high standards. Marble bathrooms are outfitted with Crabtree & Penhaligon bath amenities, and bedrooms offer the heavenly Hilton Serenity Bed, complete with Touch of Down pillows. Enjoy great rates this month on us!